The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) was created at Fordham University in December 2001 to forge partnerships with relief organizations, publish books, hold training courses and host symposia relating to humanitarian affairs. The Institute enables humanitarian workers to develop relationships with the University and the international community here in New York City. The Institute offers an academic base for the study and development of international health, human rights and other humanitarian issues, especially those that occur in periods of conflict. At a time when terrorism and war are at the forefront of world affairs, the Institute trains humanitarian workers in the critical skills needed to aid in crises situations. The Institute identifies fundamental needs and uses its talents, contacts, and resources to define practical solutions and initiate dialogue, understanding and cooperation among people and nations divided by war. The effort began as a collaboration between Fordham University and The Center for International Humanitarian Cooperation (CIHC).